England U19s 2 - Portugal 1: England win European U19s Championship final

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 16, 2017

Along with the U20s World Cup win over Venezuela in South Korea last month, Aidy Boothroyd's U21 side reached the semi-finals of the European Championships before being knocked out on penalties by Germany.

Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha scored the victor in eastern Georgia, finishing a sweeping move, after a freakish own goal from Dujon Sterling had cancelled out Easah Suliman's opener.

Chelsea right-back Dujon Sterling then volleyed into his own net to level the scores, before Nmecha tapped home from Mount's centre for 2-1.

England were forced to hold on, however, as Tayo Edun was shown a second yellow card for a daft foul on Madi Queta in the middle of the park.

The opening exchanges at the Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium in Gori were cagey.

Mason Mount curled a superb free-kick that struck the post, but Suliman was fastest to react as he prodded home the rebound from close range with the Portuguese defence static.

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But disaster would follow for England just seven minutes later as Chelsea youngster Sterling, attempting to hack the ball away under pressure, only succeeded in blasting the ball past his own goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Dju should have equalised when the ball dropped to him at the far post following a corner, but he could only lash his shot high over the crossbar from two yards out.

Abdu Conte sent over a deep ball from the left flank, which drifted through towards the far post, where Sterling sliced it past team-mate Ramsdale.

England Under-19 won its group in Georgia to progress to the final, beating the Czech Republic and Germany in the knockout stages.

However, Downing's side were in danger of losing their composure as Quina saw his goalbound effort saved.

But England took the lead with their first foray forward of the second half after Lukas Nmecha was bundled off the ball by Rui Pires, earning a free-kick 35 yards from goal.

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